Meridian International Center will honor the legacy and vision of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a day of service, held both in Washington, DC and around the world, addressing Dr. King’s challenge, “What are you doing for others?”

On Monday, January 19th, Meridian will host the second annual progressive service project to Warm Up, DC with generous support from our lead sponsor, City First Bank. In an effort to bridge the local and global work that Meridian does, volunteers will collect, donate, and share items to be distributed by the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in Silver Spring, which offers education, nutrition, and family support programs to newly arrived refugee families in the Metro DC area. As part of this half-day event, there will be collection sites for much needed items--ranging from gently used coats to kitchen utensils--along the U Street corridor.

Get an Hour, Give an Hour:

In exchange for receiving advice and guidance at the Dream Lab, participants are asked to commit at least one hour of service to any number of activities happening on-site. All accompanying activities are outlined in the attached.


Overview of Activities
Service Day Kick-off Celebration and 3rd Annual Knit-in (BYOY*)

Sponsored by City First Bank
9:30am-10:30am Busboys and Poets - 2021 14th St, NW
Warm Up, DC will be officially kicked off at Busboys and Poets and will include all of our neighborhood partners. With civic-minded poetry and speakers as a fitting back-drop at this community institution, participants for the “knit-in” will create hats and scarves to be donated to IRC to help those hit hardest by winter weather.
*Bring Your Own Yarn

“I Have a Dream” Lab
11:00am-3:00pm Meridian’s White-Meyer House - 1624 Crescent Place, NW
Join Meridian, along with DC Social Innovation Project and IMPACT, for a multi-faceted pro-bono volunteer lab, which will bring together skilled volunteers, sponsors, community members and local organizations for a day of impact. Whether pairing up for mock interviews or learning how to network more effectively for your latest big idea, the “I Have a Dream Lab” is the perfect setting. 

Warm Up, DC Junior
11:30am-1:30pm Meridian International Center – 1624/1630 Crescent Place, NW

Kids can contribute to the day’s volunteer activities, too! We’ll have activities for small hands (and big hearts) on-site.

Bicycle Collection & Safety Check Site

12:00pm-3:00pm Meridian International Center - 1624 Crescent Place, NW (Parking Lot)

Put your unused bicycle (or bike parts) to good use and help someone get to work and school in 2015 and beyond. Working with partners in every corner of the globe, Bikes for the World collects, reconditions, and ships bicycles to distribute to those in need of this viable transportation option. Bring working bicycles by for a safety check.

A $10 donation per bike is suggested to defray costs of shipping overseas.

Back-to-Class-Backpack Stuffathon

Sponsored by City First Bank
1:30pm-2:30pm Meridian’s White-Meyer House - 1624 Crescent Place, NW

With a goal of packing and personalizing 100 backpacks – complete with all the supplies necessary for success in school – we welcome all to join us for the Stuff-a-thon.

Service Day Closing Ceremony
3:00pm Meridian’s White-Meyer House - 1624 Crescent Place, NW
Join fellow volunteers in a hot chocolate toast and close to a rewarding day of service.


Donation Destinations

Throughout the day, participating neighborhood businesses and organizations will serve as drop-off sites for donated items, to benefit IRC, complete with one-per-customer Karmic Bonuses. These include:

  • Cake Love
    Donations accepted: Gently used sweaters
    Karmic Bonus: Free mini-cupcake w/ donation.
  • The Press
    Donations accepted: Gently used coats
    Karmic Bonus: 15% off dry cleaning order with each donation.
  • Twice As Warm
    Karmic Bonus: Wear One, Give One. Buy a hat, gloves or scarf and Twice As Warm will match your purchase with a donation to IRC.

*Exact timing subject to change.Please check for most up-to-date information.

Please indicate which statement best describes your primary level of participation? *
Meridian is seeking volunteers to serve in many facets during Warm Up DC, the 2015 MLK Jr. Day of Serve.  All volunteer shifts occur on Monday January 19, 2015, though times may vary.  See below a description of each volunteer opportunity. 
"I Have a Dream" Lab
10:30 am - 3:00 pm -- Meridian's White-Meyer House -- 1624 Crescent Place, NW
Employment Empowerment
Volunteers will be paired with 1-2 International Rescue Committee (IRC) beneficiaries -- refugees and asylees -- to provide professional guidance on a range of skills including interviewing, public speaking and resume review.
Partnering with DC Social Innovation Project and IMPACT, volunteers will be paired with 1-2 budding entrepreneurs to provide professional guidance on skills including marketing, networking, building a case for a successful 'pitch' and quantifying impact. 
Warm Up, DC Junior
11:30 am - 1:30 pm -- Meridian House -- 1630 Crescent Place, NW
A volunteer event for children of participants attending the "I Have a Dream Lab" or other activities, this activity will include making jewelry to support a local non-profit's fundraising efforts or writing inspirational notes to send others back to school with a positive outlook.
Bicycle Collection & Safety Check Site
11:45 am - 3:00 pm -- Meridian's Parking Lot (1624 Crescent Place, right off of 16th Street)
Volunteers will be on site to collect bicycles and bike parts as well as assisting in bike safety checks. 
Back-to-Class Backpack Stuff-a-Thon
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm -- Meridian's White-Meyer House -- 1624 Crescent Place, NW
Volunteers will assist in packing and personalizing 100 backpacks complete with all the supplies necessary for successin school.
Please select the volunteer activity(ies) in which you would like to participate (up to 3): *
How did you hear about the event? *
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